The ceremonial meeting in the Column Hall of the House of Unions. Among those present on the podium: Marshals of the Soviet Union A. Vasilievsky, L. A. Govorov, aircraft designer A. N. Tupolev, Hero of the Soviet Union A. Kamanin and others. Among the speakers: I.N. Kozhedub, Colonel-General of Aviation P.F. Zhigarev, Secretary of the Komsomol Central Committee Kuznetsov, Major General A.I. Vikhorev.